EB-4 Visa: Special Immigrant Visa
Cleveland Immigration Attorney
Whereas the four other types of employment-based permanent resident visas are relatively limited in the scope of categories of alien workers who are qualified, the EB-4 visa includes nearly two dozen separate categories of workers who can apply. It is not necessary for an employer to obtain labor certification, but the employer does have to file a Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant in most situations. An Ohio immigration lawyer from Brown Immigration Law can assist both the employer and the alien worker in preparing the necessary paperwork, as well as representing the case with immigration officials and expediting the process for a successful and timely result.
Who can receive the fourth preference employment immigration visa?
The provisions of United States immigration law make it possible for a wide variety of foreign nationals to apply for the EB-4 immigrant employment visa.
The list includes but is not limited to:
- Foreign nationals serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Religious workers
- Iraqi and Afghan translators who have worked directly with the U.S. Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 months
- Certain retired NATO employees
- Employees of international organizations
As soon as the employer's sponsorship petition has been approved, the alien worker may then apply for lawful permanent resident status through consular processing or an adjustment of status, depending on whether he or she is currently living abroad or is already in the U.S. on a non-immigrant work visa. The spouse and children of an immigrant who has been awarded an EB-4 visa may additionally be admitted to the United States under one of the family-sponsored preference categories.
The U.S. government allocates fewer than 10,000 visas to meet the entire worldwide demand for the fourth category of permanent employment visa, so securing one of the available visas can be a considerable challenge. It is in your best interest to work with a skilled immigration attorney who can help you navigate the process.
Contact Brown Immigration Law today to speak with a lawyer from our team and get started on your petition.